Free Tibet launches campaign calling for the UK Government to place sanctions on Chen Quanguo

Chen Quanguo
Chen Quanguo
Chen Quanguo
26th November 2020

Free Tibet has launched a campaign calling for the UK Government to place a travel ban on Chen Quanguo, a senior Chinese Communist Party member who has committed widespread human rights abuses against Tibetans and Uyghurs.


The campaign was launched with the World Uyghur Congress and the Tibet Community in Britain

Free Tibet has already formally written to Dominic Raab MP, the Foreign Secretary, asking for a ban on Chen from entering the UK. 

Alongside this, Free Tibet is running a petition and inviting the public to send a message to the Foreign Secretary.

Chen Quanguo was the Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) from 2011 - 2016. Currently, he is the Party Secretary of the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the region known as East Turkestan to the native Uyghur population. 

His human rights abuses include mass surveillance, the incarceration of at least a million Uyghurs and Kazakhs and the erosion of the culture, language and religion of Tibetans and Uyghurs. 

“Such a move would demonstrate that the UK is prepared to act firmly and decisively in response to large-scale human rights violations,” Free Tibet’s petition said.

The campaign follows on from the US Government’s action to sanction Chen in July earlier this year. It also follows the UK’s sanctions against 49 individuals and organisations under a new ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime in July.

“The UK’s 2020 Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations are clear that a travel ban and asset freeze can be imposed on individuals found to be responsible for violations of the right to life, the prohibition on torture and the use of forced labour. We therefore urge the FCDO to carry out an assessment of whether Chen meets these criteria and then acts decisively to impose sanctions,” Free Tibet’s petition added. 

Free Tibet’s petition to the Foreign Secretary can be found here.


We are demanding that the UK government hold Chen responsible for these widespread abuses. Chen’s name must be added to the global human rights sanctions regime list, to send a signal to Beijing that abuses against Tibetans and Uyghurs will not just be monitored, but also punished.

Please take action and sign our petition to the Foreign Secretary, demanding that Chen is banned from travelling to the UK.